Randy Lewis is a USTAR professor of biology at Utah State University who is creating new materials and applications for synthetic proteins that mimic the genetic code of spider silk. Lewis’s current research collaborates with experts at different universities in the physical analysis of proteins, adhesive properties of spider silk and fabric assembly. His current efforts focus on characterizing and replicating the many types of silk produced by spiders. Each silk has very different mechanical properties that can be applied to a variety of applications. Lewis and his research team hope to create new products and make current ones better, something spider silk proteins can do for a broad range of items.